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GATE Equity Webinar Series

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Graduation Equity (GATE)

Kefi Andersen

Graduation A Team Effort (GATE) Equity Webinars help growth minded educators and education advocates to learn from Washington districts who are closing opportunity gaps. Using OSPI data and experience from the field, GATE Equity webinars reveal the systems that drive success, an equity focus, and the key strategies that are getting students to graduation. 

We offer two distinct experiences that both feature Washington schools doing amazing work! GATE Equity Webinar 101 sessions, in the morning, are based on foundational best practices. GATE 201 Webinar sessions, in the afternoon, focus on a specific strategy from our monthly theme that you can apply to your context. Each webinar is one hour long.

Next Webinar

December 11 | Hope, Mentoring, & Student Voice
Details coming soon! 

Register for Webinars and 3 Free Clock Hours

  1. Register for morning sessions: GATE Equity Webinar 101 
  2. Register for afternoon sessions: GATE Equity Webinar 201 
  3. Register monthly for your 3 Free Clock Hours on pdEnroller
  4. Do the pre-reading assignment(s).
  5. Attend both webinar sessions live. 
  6. Complete the PDEnroller Evaluation online. Clock hours will be awarded when we have verified your attendance, usually within a few days.

Questions about this process? Contact Ronnie Larson

2019-20 Webinar Themes

  • January 8: Multiple Pathways, College & Career Readiness, Early Warning Systems, Master Scheduling
  • February 12: English Learners & Implementation Science
  • March 11: Students with Disabilities & Improvement Science
  • April 8: High School and Beyond Planning and Improvement Planning 
  • May 13: Dual Credit & Capacity Assessments
  • June 10: Graduation & Transition, Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) & Initiative Inventories 

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Would you like to share how we can make our webinars better? Your comments drive our improvements! Tell us who we should have present and the times and topics that work best for you. Were you listening to our last webinar? You can also tell us how we did! Take our short survey: Webinar Feedback Survey.


9th Grade Success 101: Student Success Teams

Interested in MTSS? Does it feel too big? Student Success Teams are a great way to take the first step! You don’t have to start with 9th grade! Any grade level team will benefit from these practices for timely data-based decision making. Join Portland Public Schools to learn about how they are using Student Success Teams to operationalize their supports. Ask questions and get great resources to get started!

Pre-reading assignment: Self-assess your team practices using the Freshman Success Inventory

9th Grade Success 201: Getting the Most Out of Advisory

How do you know if you are getting the most out of advisory? What do you teach? How do you structure it? Learn from Chelan High School about how they are using their advisory to accomplish their School Improvement Plan goals, and attending to a variety of student needs. Get ideas for how to keep it fresh without a canned program and make time for what students really need in academics, relationships, and connection to the school.

Pre-reading assignment: Self-Assess Using our Advisory Rubric

Community Partnerships 101: Leveraging Community to Build a Tiered Support System

In our first webinar join Monroe School District’s Joe Neigel and Erin Wood to learn more about what they’ve done to build community partnerships using a coordinated approach. Find out how they’ve coordinated their approach, and are challenging current practice with evidence-based principles!
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Pre-reading Assignment:  Prevention Tools: What Works, What Doesn’t 

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Additional Resource: Title IV Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment

Substance Use 201: Importance of Substance Use Prevention for Team Sports

In our afternoon webinar we’ll have special guest Jason Kilmer to talk about his research around team sports and substance use. If you want to learn more about what you can do to promote a culture of safety on and off the field this could be of interest to you! 
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Dr. Jason Kilmer's Article on Marijuana and Athletes

School Climate 101: Behavior Basics

Watch the Webinar on YouTube/PowerPoint Presentation of School Climate 101

Tiered Fidelity Instrument

School is starting and right now it's all about building connections between your staff, your students, and your school. OSPI's Continuous Improvement Partner Paul Wieneke will help you set the foundation for what school climate moves you can make today that will have a high impact on your school. We'll have special guest Franklin Pierce School District's Valinda Jones to talk about what it takes in real life at GATES High School. 

School Climate 201: Using the Tiered Fidelity Instrument

Watch the Webinar on YouTube/PowerPoint Presentation of School Climate 201

How do you know if you have a positive school climate? There's an assessment tool you can use with your school to check your progress. OSPI's new MTSS Director, Justyn Poulos will walk us through what the Tiered Fidelity Instrument is and how you can use it to take your school climate to the next level. We'll have special guest, North Thurston Public Schools with us to talk about how they implemented its use district wide and how it has impacted them.

GATE 101: Attendance  
Attendance Awareness month is just around the corner! We're going to be talking about high leverage practices for attendance and the why they matter. OSPI Attendance Program Supervisor Krissy Johnson will help us take a look at the research and we’ll be joined by special guests, Trish Paliado and Rachel Cason from Vancouver School District to learn how they are tackling attendance. Also fresh resources to help get the message out that "We belong in school!"

Watch the Webinar on YouTube/Powerpoint Presentation

GATE 201: Attendance Community Cafes  
Have you ever wanted to get all the voices in your community to come together? Or to hear more from the parents of your students? You may want to host a community cafe! This strategy helps you get a variety of voices focused on what's best for kids in schools, at home, and in the community. Hear from one of OSPI's Continuous Improvement Partners, Kathryn Page about how to get people involved and how you might use this strategy in your school. 

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Graduation 101: Supporting What's Next
Summer is coming! How can you help your seniors with what comes after high school? We've designed this webinar to help you. We'll have strategies to track students into their post-secondary plans, data options, and great resources to get you started. Join Kim Reykdal, OSPI Counseling Lead to learn more!​

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Graduation 201: Alternative Learning Experience
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What happens when students aren't ready to graduate by graduation? Join Rhett Nelson, OSPI's Director of Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) to get ideas on how to ease the transition and keep kids on the path to a diploma. We'll be joined by special guest, Deanna Hogan from Vancouver School District to learn how they've created a variety of options to meet the needs of their students.

Mental Health 101: Crafting an Integrated System of Supports

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Are you working on supporting all students? Learn more about how schools are crafting an Integrated System of Supports. We'll be joined by ESD 101's Andrew Bingham and OSPI's Camille Goldy to talk about their pilot program for increasing the integration of supports working with the Health Care Authority and Cheney School District, who has spent the last year implementing this process. Join us for resources that will help you assess your school district.

Mental Health 201: Elementary and Early Learning Strategies

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What does it look like to offer mental health supports in elementary schools? Learn how Project AWARE worked with Shelton School District, ESD 113, and local supports to craft integrated student supports.


SSD Student Support Team General Education Request for Assistance Form (provided by Shelton School District)

General Education Intervention Plan Form (provided by Shelton School District)

Math 101: CTE 

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Career & Technical Education's Dan Tedor is going to be talking through the process for CTE course equivalencies and how you can identify potential courses that make sense for you. We'll also be joined by Student Information's Jeff Whitehill to get a look at the new Report Card and secure data in Educational Data System (EDS).

Prereading: Dual Credit System Improvement Guide

Math 201: College Ready Math Initiative and Growth Mindset

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Special Guests: Agile Mind and Bellingham School District
Did you know that there are ways to help students develop a growth mindset? The College Ready Math Initiative will be joining us to talk about their strategies for increasing student engagement and persistence in math. Bellevue School District will also be with us to share their Intensified Algebra and Academic Youth Development courses, where these growth mindset strategies are being implemented.

Dual Credit 101: Increasing Equitable Access and Supporting Success

Watch the Webinar on YouTube | PowerPoint Presentation

Join Spokane Public Schools and OSPI's dual credit supervisors to get a look into Washington's dual credit participation and the implications for dual credit offerings around the state. You'll get a chance to self-assess, action plan, and hear the amazing story of how Rogers High School used dual credit opportunities to boost student outcomes.

Prereading: Dual Credit System Improvement Guide

Dual Credit 201: Engaging Student Interests with High School & Beyond Planning and CTE

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Calling all school counselors! We'll have Toppenish School District with us to talk about their approach to Career & Technical Education Dual Credit. Learn about how they are creating flexible pathways and get resources to help your CTE program.

English Learner & Migrant 101: Enriching Experiences with Dual Credit


Join OSPI and Mt Vernon Schools to talk about access to dual credit for English Learner and migrant students.

English Learner & Migrant 201: Elementary School Supports

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Join OSPI's Sylvia Reyna and Grandview School District to learn more about supporting elementary school English Learners and Migrant students.

Mentoring 101: Demystifying Mentoring

​Zoom was experiencing technical difficulties. We were unable to air this webinar. Zoom has resolved it's issues now and we are going to proceed with the afternoon webinar at 1:00 p.m. Please join us!


Join Mentor Washington's Pamila Gant to learn more about the elements of effective mentoring.

Mentoring 201: Because it's Relationships That Matter


Join Integrated Student Supports provider Communities In Schools for mentoring case studies and for help with implementing a mentoring program effectively.

"Being a reliable presence is a central role a mentor plays in a young person's life. And several efforts to boost attendance and reduce dropout rates have found that a mentors' presence and intervention can help keep students — especially those living in poverty or at risk of disengaging from school — connected to the classroom."

9th Graders On-Track: Insights from Chicago Freshman Success Institute

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OSPI has sent a team to The Network for College Success' Freshman Success Institute and the team wants to share some highlights of what they learned about supporting freshman to stay on-track. Presenters include Kefi Andersen and Krissy Johnson.

Building Inclusion Into Culture: Mentoring Students with Disabilities

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Mentor Washington's Janet Heubach will share essential best practices when starting a mentoring program and Melissa Charette, ESD 113's Teacher of the Year, will outline how her peer-mentoring program for students with disabilities changed the school culture for Washington Middle School and supported students into high school.

Mental Health and Social Emotional Responses

Building Inclusion into Culture: Mentoring Students with Disabilities

Leveraging Partnerships with Early Warning Implementation


Learn from Marques Gittens about PSESD's Early Warning Implementation Philosophy and lessons learned. He'll be joined by Hazel Valley Elementary School to show you what it looks like in the field to leverage community partnerships. We'll also show you tools and resources to help you along the way.

Engaging Faith in Community Partnerships 


Join Evergreen Public Schools' Melanie Green to learn about how her school district is engaging Faith Based Coffee as a way to fill needs in their schools and their partnership with Clark County Public Health.

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This webinar will provide information about family engagement requirements and best practices for supporting implementation of student discipline policies and practices in Washington schools. The presentation will highlight practical tips from the field and resources to access for additional learning.

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But it’s just tobacco…When looking at student substance use policy violations, do school staff overlook tobacco and vaping use as the “least of their worries”? During this webinar, data will be shared that may motivate school staff to relook at their students who use nicotine products and consider alternative policies and practices in addressing use. Join Deb Drandoff from ESD 112, OSPI’s Mandy Paradise, and get real world expertise from Tina Johnson from Vancouver School District.